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Subject: Alexander Hamilton
I remember this ship from my childhood, growing up in Poughkeepsie and Hyde Park, and would ride on it every summer with my Dad an Grandmother.
Its last stop at Poughkeepsie was in September, 1962, but ran up as far as the Mid-Hudson Bridge from Manhattan until Labor Day, 1971. I took the sail from NY to Poughkeepsie, every year from 1965 to 1970.I miss her whistle which echoed through the Hudson Valley. I have many fond memories of this ship from my days growing up in Dutchess County.
arrogant SOB -
Subject: Hudson River
The Dayline actually stopped the Alabany runs in 1948, but the Alexander Hamilton ran until 1971 when it was replaced. I grew up in Poughkeepsie,and remember this boat as a part of my childhood, and rode on it frequently with my Dad and Grandmother. Other ships from that timeframe were the Peter Stuyvesant (through 1962) and the Robert Fulton, which ran through 1954. Back in the 50s, the Day Line was one of the few things to do in Poughkeepsie during the summertime.
Subject: Takes Me Back........
I vividly remember these ERPI Classroom Films from grammar school in Newburgh NY in the early 1940's. Even more so, I remember taking the Hudson River Dayliners from Newburgh to Poughkeepsie and back, and with my dad or grandmother, and travelled on the sleek ALEXANDER HAMILTON, the HENDRICK HUDSON (the oldest and largest one in my day), the triple-stacker walking-beamer ROBERT FULTON, the more compact PETER STUYVESANT, and the relatively small CHAUNCEY DEPEW. This film brings back so many memories!!!
Subject: Dull as toast
I have to agree with ERD on this. The film is so incredibly dull. The narrator speaks as if his listeners are idiots. I realize this short was intended for children, but not idiots! Also, I was hoping for some landmarks along the Hudson River, but there's zilch. The film is mostly an extremely simplistic explanations of how a boat works and what you might see on the river.
High Points - The boy sure wears some spiffy period clothes.
Low Points - Did I mention it was dull, dull, dull?
Subject: Great shot of Normandie
At the end of the film are two scenes with Normandie, one of it being tugged out of its berth and the other with it apparently at sea. Makes the film worth having for ocean liner buffs.
Subject: No landmarks?
The film fails to mention most landmarks on the Hudson. Isn't that a high point of the ride?
(Ex:West Point, Bear Mountain, etc.) The film concentrates a bit too much on the mechanical aspects. The narrator over emphasizes many words
which I feel was unnecessary. I realize this children's educational film was made in 1938, but it seems a bit sluggish for even that time period.
Christine Hennig -
Subject: Dick and Jane Go on a Boat Ride
This ERPI film should have been titled Dick and Jane Go on a Boat Ride. Nancy and Roger go on a boat ride down the Hudson River and the narrator tells us all about it in a bright, simplistic fashion. For an ERPI film, though, this is pretty darned exciting. The soundtrack is full of boat whistles and water sounds and thereÃÂs even a part where characters talk to each other in synchronized sound!! This is when Nancy and Roger visit the captain of the boat, who tells them that when he turns the wheel this way, it makes the boat go to the right, and when he turns it this way, it goes to the left. This is great msting fodder, folks. See Roger and Nancy on the boat. Go, Roger and Nancy, go!
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
In the incredibly imaginatively titled 'Boats', we see two kids, named Roger and Nancy, troop up and down the ferry boat they are on which is crossing the Hudson and not only see other boats on the water, but visit the other people who run the ferry they are on as well. In what would now get you thrown on the floor and arrested for a breach of ship secuirity, we see Roger and Nancy wander into the navigation room to visit the captain, The kids talk in this VERY strange accent, (cockney perhaps?) and bubbily ask the captain what he does. The captain reccomends the kids check out the engine room to see the engineer at work. Are these the only two people on board?